The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding

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A pioneer in the childbirth movement for 30 years, Michel Odent focuses on birth and breastfeeding and suggests some startling conclusions. The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding has as its premise that in order to gain a truer understanding of the human experience, we must examine the way other mammals function during birth, breastfeeding, and parenting. Odent points out some habitual procedures which becloud the approaches to childbirth in Western society. On the one hand, privacy and minimal intervention are ...

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Overview

A pioneer in the childbirth movement for 30 years, Michel Odent focuses on birth and breastfeeding and suggests some startling conclusions. The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding has as its premise that in order to gain a truer understanding of the human experience, we must examine the way other mammals function during birth, breastfeeding, and parenting. Odent points out some habitual procedures which becloud the approaches to childbirth in Western society. On the one hand, privacy and minimal intervention are key to the ideal birth environment, yet hospitals and the advent of high-tech obstetrics often dictate the opposite, with a result of higher cesarean and morbidity rates.

Odent uncovers another irony--the proven need of mother and infant to receive support for an extensive period of breastfeeding may actually be endangered by the nuclear monogamous family structure. The necessity of allowing women to follow their instincts during labor, birth and breastfeeding is documented by Odent's studies of innate childbirth reactions in various cultures and traditions. The author successfully describes the medical, physiological, social, and emotional rationale behind the need to follow nature's design more closely. Expectant parents, childbirth professionals, psychologists, and all those concerned with our kinship to Mother Earth will find this a provocative and visionary book, which challenges many of our accepted social policies. With The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding we are closer to the day when, as Dr. Odent puts it the cesarean section will become a rare and wonderful rescue operation, and the now-common terms such as support, assistance, and coaching may find themselves outdated.

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With reference to our mammalian roots and our mammalian needs, Odent (director of research, Primal Health Research Center, London) raises the basic question of whether prolonged breastfeeding is compatible (at a cultural level) with the monogamous nuclear family. Translated from the French. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780897892872
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction to the American Edition
Ch. 1 Our Mammalian Roots 1
Ch. 2 At the Dawn of the Post-Electronic Age 7
Ch. 3 The Hospital of the Future 13
Ch. 4 On Another Planet 21
Ch. 5 The Fetus Ejection Reflex 29
Ch. 6 Cats 45
Ch. 7 The Old and the New 55
Ch. 8 Colostrum and Civilization 71
Ch. 9 From Holland to Malawi 91
Ch. 10 Photos and Videos 97
Ch. 11 Freud as a Midwife 99
Ch. 12 The Hormone of Love 109
Ch. 13 Breastfeeding and Monogamy 115
Ch. 14 Lullaby Time 129
Selected Bibliography 131
Index 139
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